The Albert Morris Award for an outstanding Ecological Restoration Project

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2018

The Albert Morris Award will be judged again this year –  and will be presented at the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia dinner.

This award commemorates the visionary work led by Albert Morris in creating the Broken Hill Regeneration reserves, commencing in 1936[1]

Prize: Certificate and trophy

Criteria: for selection.   Projects must demonstrate many of the following characteristics:

  • Innovation in terms of techniques or approaches
  • Strong ecological basis
  • Substantial progress along its trajectory to 5-star recovery
  • Monitored to quantify progress against original goals
  • Provides ecosystem services relevant to community
  • Reduction or mitigation of impacts from neighbouring areas
  • Secure conservation arrangements for the foreseeable future
  • Strong and growing links to environmental education programs
  • Potential to substantially influence the broader communities understanding of and need for continued uptake of ecological restoration

Eligibility:

Any individual, group of individuals or organisation in Australasia (see SERA website for geographical extent) is eligible from all biomes including terrestrial and aquatic.

NOMINATION AND JUDGING

Nominees or nominators need not be members of the Society but nominees must be communicated through an SERA member, and applicable criteria must be met in order for a nomination to be considered.

The SERA Awards Committee will select recipients of Awards I-III, based on the selection criteria and limited to 2000 words. The Albert Morris Award recipient will be selected by the Albert Morris Award Committee with representatives from the four initiating Partner organisations. The National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia will be used as a judging guide for all awards (see http://seraustralasia.com/standards/contents.html).

Applicants are asked to structure their nominations using the selection criteria as subheadings and are encouraged to use images and data to demonstrate effect and benefit of their program (including before and after). Additionally, each submitted application should provide a one-minute video to summarise their work and outcomes. The Committee may also seek supporting evidence for a given nomination in the form of publications, site visits, photographs, letters of recommendation from independent referees, or any other appropriate documentation.

Presentation of Award

Awards are presented during an Awards Dinner at the biennial SERA Conference on Ecological Restoration to be held in Brisbane on the 27thof September, 2018. Recipients will be notified in advance of the conference.

All applications become the property of SERA and with approval may be used on the SERA website and at the Awards presentation.

Enquiries: info@albertmorrisaward.org

Tein McDonald 0458 565 654

[1]Albert was assisted by a range of individuals and organisations particularly Margaret Morris, The Barrier Field Naturalists Club, Broken Hill City Council, The Mine Managers’ Association and the NSW government.